Mumbai: In a significant improvement, the Narcotics Management Bureau (NCB) arrested in style comic Bharti Singh for alleged possession and consumption of banned medicine, after her house and workplace have been raided this morning, a high official mentioned right here late on Saturday.
“We’ve arrested Bharti Singh and located slightly over 86 gms of marijuana from her. Her husband Harsh Limbachiya is presently being interrogated by NCB. We will replace on additional developments later,” NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede informed IANS.
Round 86.50 gms of banned drug (marijuana), which is claimed to be of business amount, was recovered from their house and workplace through the raids and the duo has reportedly confessed to consuming medicine.
The NCB zeroed in on the comedian-couple after a few drug peddlers have been arrested in an ongoing motion early this morning who revealed the names of Bharti and Harsh.
The NCB raided a location in Khar-Danda, a coastal space in Khar suburb, and nabbed a 21-year drug trafficker from whom business portions of medication like 15 blots of LSD, 40 gms Ganja and a psychotropic drug, Nitrazepam have been seized, mentioned Wankhede.
Armed with this info, the NCB busted different areas, together with the house and places of work of the Bharti-Harsh couple in suburban Andheri west’s modern Lokhandwala Complicated and Versova, from the place 86.50 gms of the banned Marijuana was seized.
Thereafter, each actors have been detained for a short time and formally summoned for additional investigations to the NCB workplace the place they reached there in separate automobiles.
On reaching the NCB places of work, an apparently unruffled Bharti Singh briefly informed mediapersons that that they had been “referred to as for some questioning”.
Nonetheless, after a sustained interrogation spherical of practically 5 hours, late this night, Bharti was positioned beneath arrest, whereas hubby Harsh was nonetheless being grilled by the sleuths.
Bharti shall be produced earlier than a chosen courtroom on Sunday, although it isn’t clear whether or not will probably be a bodily look or through videoconference.
Each Bharti and Harsh are well-known comedians, tv personalities producing or internet hosting programmes, apart from showing in actuality reveals like ‘Khatron Ka Khiladi’, ‘Kapil Sharma Present’, and different tele-serials.
The most recent motion is a part of the continuing investigations into Bollywood-drugs mafia nexus which the NCB is making an attempt to unravel because the previous three months or so.
From September until date, the NCB has arrested over two dozen individuals together with Bollywood actress Rhea Chakbraborty, now on bail, her brother Showik, nonetheless in jail, and different movie business associated individuals, drug financers, suppliers or peddlers, together with some foreigners.
Because the NCB claims to have unearthed an in depth hyperlink between medicine mafia and the glamour business, it has questioned a number of outstanding movie personalities, amid hypothesis that a number of massive names could also be on its dreaded ‘hit-list’.
Amongst these probed to date embody actresses Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan, model-cum-actor Arjun Rampal, and filmmaker Firoz Nadiadwala, whose spouse Shabana was arrested and received bail after some portions of ‘business amount’ medicine have been discovered at her residence, and the newest is Bharti Singh.
The NCB investigations are an off-shoot of the probe into the loss of life of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who was discovered lifeless at his Bandra house on June 14 which sparked off an enormous political controversy.